Killing time is killing a dream!

It’s January again.  And I am filled with a sense of desperation as a mentor and trainer. In the just announced results for the Common Admission Test 2013, (entrance exam for the prestigious I.I.M’s), there are students who have justified their promise, performed outstandingly and surpassed the 99th percentile. At the same time there are students who have not performed according to their potential and promise.

Of course a below expectation performance in one exam is not the end of the road. But is there anything that these students could have done better? Or for that matter, could do better to ensure better outcomes in the future?

I have a simple message to repeat – Value Time!

If we kill someone, there will be blood, and cries. When we kill time, there is no blood, there are no cries. But when we kill time, there is something else which is being killed. It is our dream.

Whether we kill time or not depends on how much we love our dream. It also depends on whether we have a dream or not.

But if we don’t have a dream what is it we are living for. And if we do have a dream, how in the world can we afford to kill time…because time is the lifeblood of any dream.

Yes, time is the lifeblood of a dream. We have to pump this lifeblood into a dream to nourish it and transform it into reality.

And just as our body needs pure rather than impure blood and therefore purifies it constantly, this lifeblood of a dream also needs to be pure rather than impure.

lifeblood 1 lifeblood 2

What does this mean?

This means that even time being given to a dream can be impure or pure. It is possible to fill time with robotic activities which in the long run may not mean anything. Such time can be called “impure” time. Such time, just like deoxygenated blood, loses its vitality. But choosing some well planned and calibrated activities to fill the time and monitoring them for their effectiveness means purifying timethe lifeblood of a dream.

Let us pledge to nourish our dream with effective utilization of time.

May your noble dream be a reality!

Thanks for your time. Your feedback is precious.

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22 thoughts on “Killing time is killing a dream!

  1. Sir, I am not in the business world nor am I a student anymore, yet I do see and like what you are driving home in this post. This is a very good motivational post, it is a kick in the butt that I knew I have been needing for a long time. Again, thank you for posting this.

    1. Thank you so much Ted. You are so generous! At times, we all tend to get extravagant with time but some of us are able to correct ourselves in time.
      I feel embarrassed when you call me ‘sir’. 🙂 Please call me Rupesh.

      Regards

  2. kaustubh tiwari

    a very precious box of a wakeup call being opened up by you has been a steroid shared by you for us thankyou sir
    “time and tide waits for none ”
    “time being the mitochondria of dream ”
    i have realised the fact now thanks 🙂

  3. I agree with this post entirely. Our time is something we can never ever get back – so we need to spend it wisely.

    Saying this, I AM guilty of wasting my time occasionally. There are times I just get so burnt out I have to take time to stop and relax, waste an evening watching reruns of my favorite program, or reading a good bath book.

    I suppose that the use of time to do something relaxing is in ones best interests – and for the sake of our well being so I suppose it’s not really a waster… Though I do know EXACTLY what you mean, and I’ve been guilty of that sort of time wasting too!

    Sometimes we don’t get on and do things because we are afraid…

    Either way – great message, and something most of us, at some stage have to work through.

    ML
    xx

    1. Lou, It is so rewarding to get the kind of insightful comments that you give. I agree to your views. In fact time spent on unwinding is an example of what I have referred to as “purifying time”. In fact your thoughts truly complete the idea I have tried to drive home in this post. Thank you so much. 🙂

  4. VISHAL GUPTA

    SIR, I’m very appreciated by reading these motivating lines. You added an extra encouragement through this post. Thank you very much 🙂

  5. The Tantrik of Tamasya

    Brilliantly presented as always. We see so many mentors preaching about the value of time to get to the goals we set for ourselves. But the application of the same principle is becoming harder by each passing day. What I think is that the human brain and body is so much flexible and adaptive, that it has gradually started to adapt to the motivation. A period of stagnation has arrived maybe because of over-doing of such inspirational preaching. We are humans and we evolve, that is how we have been able to sustain all these years. Maybe, just maybe, the inspirational dialogues have gradually stopped stimulating the human mind. The reason I say this is because, more often than not people nowadays perceive it is a “LECTURE”, despite being true. I have observed the evolution of pep talks as well… the way of delivery has also changed, but still, the motivations are losing their charm (I will mentioned this is just my opinion).
    I would like to delve inside the driving forces of the unresponsive human brains these days. Can it be because of “Liberalization”? As we all are moving ahead to make this world, more liberal, we are becoming receptive of almost everything under the sun, which I think has stopped stimulating our brains (again, this is ironical). I would love to read if you ever decide to sit and write about this correlation in your splendid manner (as you always do).
    Thanks for the wonderful post 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for this insightful comment. If you have noticed I started this post with a “sense of desperation”. This implied that my advice has not been working to the extent I would have liked. And this, as you have pointed out seems all pervasive.
      But I would differ on one count. I believe humans have always been impervious to motivation. In fact, we have been impervious not only to motivation but any logical prescription or virtue. We have always believed in running after anything which is claimed to give results without much effort. That ways I would say humans have hardly changed over the years. We still look forward to be driven by religious gurus rather than thinkers and philosophers.
      You have given me such wonderful food for thought. I will definitely try to crystallize my views on this.
      Regards
      Rupesh

      1. The Tantrik of Tamasya

        As you rightly pointed out, “We have always believed in running after anything which is claimed to give results without much effort” – this makes a convincing motivational mentor so much more important. But the same mentors today, find it difficult to keep the same adrenaline running after the first few sermons.
        Lastly, in this place where all sorts of people have sorted to all sorts of blogging subjects, I would like to thank you for generating great amounts of interest in readers like me to wait for your posts. I can’t ever get enough of these. Already waiting for your next update.

      2. “But….”sermons”. Now I got the point you implied in the last comment. This generation is indeed different in terms of having a myriad means to distract. Thank you so much. after reading the last part of your comment, I suddenly understood the meaning of the expression “”I am floored”. 🙂 I thank the almighty for making my words meaningful to an intellectual mind.
        Regards
        Rupesh

  6. ShethP

    Beautiful post! There are many out there who wish to motivate others but only a few who really can… For me, you seem to have nailed it! Thank you for these inspiring words. 🙂

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